— Strategies for improving brain health, coping with dementia and what to do when a loved one is hospitalized are part of a free workshop for caregivers at Catholic Charities Hawaii on June 24. “Caring for family is a tough job and education and training is a way to ease the stress of caregiving. It’s part of our missions for AARP Hawaii and our partners at Catholic Charities Hawaii to help caregivers,” said Barbara Kim Stanton, state director for AARP Hawaii. …

— This week North Carolina budget leaders head behind closed doors to negotiate differences between the State House and Senate versions of the budget.  While the budget negotiations won’t be a shootout in the old west for now, several budget items will need to be negotiated before both chambers can approve a plan that must then be sent to the Governor for final approval before June 30th. Aging To better address the needs of our aging population, the House budget recommends …

— Former television news anchor Diane Ako writes about her life as a mother, wife and caregiver to her mother, who is in the final stages of Alzheimer’s, in her “Peace of Mind” blog This was the first year Mother’s Day was hard for me, and this feeling takes me by surprise. When I go to see her, I’m usually chirpy and full of updates – which will never be understood but make me feel better to put out there. This year, …

— One question we often hear from patients is related to genetic testing for “the Alzheimer’s gene.” I’d like to take this opportunity to talk a little about genes, genetic testing and Alzheimer’s. There are a handful of known mutated genes that can be passed from parent to child that cause early onset, “dominantly inherited” Alzheimer’s disease. People may wonder if this gene runs in their family, and wonder if they should be genetically tested for it. But, the families who …

— Dear Readers, We recently partnered with AARP Illinois to organize an event for members to learn about dementia prevention and brain health. The program was a big success.  And, we’d like to give a big thanks to the AARP and its members who attended. We have gathered the questions from audience members and over the next few months would like to take the opportunity to answer them here in this blog. Question: What is the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia? …

— By Ford Burkhart Cathy Rickel smiled as she listened to her son Brad play the trumpet. “He was always musical,” she recalled with pride during a social hour at an adult day care health center in Tucson, where Brad was entertaining her and several others who have Alzheimer’s disease. How Brad, 29, and Cathy, 65, got there illustrates the value of having a network of resources for family caregivers. After Cathy’s husband, Del, died last year, Brad consulted a string …

— In our quest to understand and improve brain health, the old adage remains true: What’s good for the heart is good for the brain. Managing high cholesterol is a smart thing to do to take care of your heart; but it also may be important for brain health.  The relationship between high cholesterol and risk of dementia has been relatively unclear, but a recent study sheds new light. Researchers from Australia examined 34 research studies on high cholesterol and risk …

— Making Your Mess Your Message Featuring Dan Gasby with Sherri Snelling February 27, 2017 Special Evening Time 5 p.m. MT Register for our webinar and you could win a copy of the inspiring book “Before I Forget:  Love, Hope, Help & Acceptance in our Fight against Alzheimer’s” by B. Smith and Dan Gasby.* The reality of becoming a family caregiver seen through the eye’s of B. Smith’s husband Lifestyle guru B. Smith and Dan Gasby had it all. They were partners …

respite summit

— AARP Oregon salutes Oregon’s nearly 470,000 family caregivers during November’s National Family Caregiver Month. We also recognize it’s a tough job. A bit of rest now and then, or “respite care,” helps prevent significant stress and burnout that can lead to worse health for the caregiver, and diminish the caregiver’s ability to provide good care to their loved one. Caregivers need short breaks! I first became aware of how important it is for caregivers to get breaks when I was at …

— Enrollment is ending! Last chance to participate! It should be no surprise that AARP is actively involved in the fight against dementia-related illnesses. A new opportunity to fight these diseases is now available here in Maryland. The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is enrolling eligible persons in the MIND at Home Study (Maximizing Independence at Home) for people with dementia or memory problems and their caregivers, who live in their homes in Baltimore City or the surrounding counties. The MIND at Home …